2. Create The Illusion Of More Definition
In addition, a spray tan can help finer details stand out. Such as muscle striations and the intricate feathering of the obliques.
Again this is due to the darker color. But also, the spray tan tends to accumulate in crevices like the creases between abs.
Since bodybuilders in all categories get judged on definition and low body fat, a tan can help them look just a little bit leaner.
3. Even Out Skin Tone
Unless you’re using a tanning bed, most people have subtle skin tone variations between exposed areas and those covered by clothes. In some cases, you may even have pronounced tan lines.
Another benefit of a spray tan is that it creates a uniform skin tone across the entire body. This is more visually appealing and desirable for displaying the physique.
4. Hide Skin Imperfections
Along with evening out skin tone, the spray tan also helps to hide blemishes. This includes anything that stands out against your normal skin color such as freckles, moles, acne, or even tattoos.
5. Because Everyone Else Does
Lastly, spray tanning has become the norm in bodybuilding competitions. So even if you didn’t really want to, you almost have to in order to keep up with your competitors. And so you don’t stand out in a negative way during the comparison rounds.
After The Contest
Most people might not realize that a bodybuilding contest can last several hours. There are dozens of categories and sometimes hundreds of competitors. With pre-judging in the morning and the finals in the afternoon or evening.
So at the end of the day, it’s a huge relief to finally was off the oily spray tan casing. Except it doesn’t all wash off! 😂 Competitors are left with an orangish tint for at least a few days after the show.
While this level of tanning may look and sound absurd, it’s one of the smallest sacrifices bodybuilders make to look their best. The real effort comes in the gym and in the kitchen.